With plenty of firepower returning, the Pawhuska Huskies and Lady Huskies track-and-field units are cruising toward the local kickoff to a promising season at the PHS Invitational Meet on Thursday, April 7.

Two weeks earlier — on Thursday, March 24 — Ormand Beach Memorial Stadium also will host the annual Junior High Track Meet.

Members of the Huskie and Lady Huskie squads are gearing up for a big year following solid showings in 2015. Ten athletes from the PHS girls squad and five representatives of the Huskies qualified for last year’s Class 3A state meet. While Pawhuska will drop to 2A this year, the re-classification is not expected to have a significant effect on the team’s success.

Pawhuska’s head track coach is Mark Frye.

State high jump champion Haley Mouser of PHS will have an opportunity to add a 2A medal to the 3A gold she won last year. Behind outstanding relay squads and a stellar trio of hurdlers (Sarah Phillippi, Darienne Frye and Kyleigh Riebel), the Lady Huskies finished seventh as a team at 2015’s 3A state meet. The Pawhuska boys are paced by sprinters Warren Graves and Brian Jeffers, and jumpers James Young and William Merrell.

Only partial PHS squads will be involved in Thursday’s initial season meet, the Danny Daniels Invitational at Hominy. Following next week’s spring break, the season will gear up — with meets at Covington-Douglas and Dewey in March and an early April meet at Vinita.

Pawhuska’s track program raised approximately $2,500 at a benefit potato bake/auction held Feb. 22. The proceeds will help pay expenses for the upcoming high school and junior high seasons. Funds also are needed for repairs to the local track surface.

PAWHUSKA

TRACK & FIELD

2016 SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 10 — at Hominy (JV Only).

Thursday, March 24 — Pawhuska JH Meet.

Friday, March 25 — at Covington-Douglass.

Tuesday, March 29 — at Dewey.

Thursday, March 31 — at Dewey JH Meet.

Saturday, April 2 — at Vinita.

Tuesday, April 5 — at Hominy JH Meet.

Thursday, April 7 — Pawhuska HS Meet.

Saturday, April 9 — at Medford. (HS/JH)

Tuesday, April 12 — at Sperry JH Meet.

Friday, April 15 — at Chisholm (Enid).

Friday, April 22 — at Catoosa.

Monday, April 25 — Conference Meet TBA.

Saturday, April 30 — Regional Meet.

Friday and Saturday, May 6-7 — State Meet.